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Festive Holiday Appetizers and Healthier Living with Janell Stephens

As we power through the holidays, it’s important that we not only enjoy our time with loved ones, but that we also fully nourish and replenish our bodies with healthy eating. We know this time of the year to be full of sweets, guilty pleasures, and high caloric meals! Over the years, Janell has become more conscious of her total wellness, especially what she eats. She made the personal choice to follow a vegan lifestyle and hasn’t looked back. This diet transition led to a higher level of energy, alertness, weight loss, and an increased happier mood. What an upgrade! 

While changing to a vegan diet isn’t for everyone, it’s a great idea to incorporate vegetable and fruit-based dishes and snacks into your meal prep each week. Naturally you will incur a diet richer in vitamins and nutrients, lower blood sugar levels (if applicable), and immunity defense against unwanted illnesses.
Janell truly enjoys hosting some of the holiday festivities at her home because she’s able to introduce her family and friends to dishes they may have not considered before. And most of all, she’s able to put a spin on her vegan-based meals and serve them with love!

Here are three vegan and vegetarian appetizers from some amazing vegan chefs that Janell loves. Share the gift of healthy eating with your family this season, with lots of love and less guilt!

Hearty Garlic Kale Salad with Chickpeas
Who can resist a tasty salad before any main dish? Kale, which is a favorite of Janell, not only taste good, but combined with chickpeas will keep your guest at bay until the main dish at your next party.

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with Cashew Ranch Dressing
Don’t be afraid to spice things up! Make a twist on traditional buffalo wings and opt for cauliflower instead. This delicious and delectable recipe from is truly a dish

Mushroom Crostini with Garlic Basil & Vegan Ricotta Cheese
What a delightful spread that is succulent and easy enough to keep you from slaving in the kitchen all day. If you’re a mushroom fan like Janell, your guest will thank you as they swoon over this dish.